The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will from 31st July to 4th August, 2017 hold the second Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg, South Africa under the theme; Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains.
The SADC Industrialisation Week will be co-hosted by the South African Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and the Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF).
It will provide a platform for disseminating information on the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063 which was approved by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in April 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The event will also act as a platform for intensifying the engagement and development of partnerships among policy makers, private sector, academia, researchers and other key stakeholders to promote the SADC Industrialization Strategy at national and regional level.
As part of the promotion of the event and Industrialisation Strategy, SADC Secretariat will conduct a Media Awareness Workshop on 30th July 2017 where selected journalists from all Member States will be oriented on the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap and identify key story ideas for subsequent follow-up during and after the Industrialisation Week.
In March, 2016, the SADC Council of Ministers agreed and endorsed the Industrialisation Week to be held annually as an annual regional public-private engagement platform aimed at fostering new opportunities for
intra-regional trade and investment
The first Industrialisation Week was held on the margins of the 36th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in Mbabane, Swaziland in August, 2016.